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Building contractor frequently asked questions

Do I need to be prequalified to get work on government building projects?

Yes—government departments are required to use only prequalified building industry contractors for all building/maintenance projects valued at more than $1,000,000.

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Does prequalification apply to me if I am providing any building construction or maintenance services?

Yes, if you are contracted directly to government and the project is valued at more than $1,000,000.

The Prequalification (PQC) System can also be used to select key trade or specialist subcontractors for trade packages estimated at or exceeding $1,000,000, pending suitable arrangements with the head contractor.

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Will I get government work by being prequalified?

Prequalification makes you eligible to compete for government building projects. You must still go through the tender process in competition with your contractor peers.

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Will prequalification cost me money?

No, applying for prequalification is free.

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How long will it take to process my PQC application?

Allow approximately 4 to 6 weeks processing time for the application process and official notification.

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How will I find out what level of prequalification I have attained?

You will receive an email notification containing your PQC certificate of registration and schedule. The schedule itemises your registration status including PQC level, project types and geographical areas of operation.

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Can I upgrade my PQC rating, or change the categories I am currently prequalified for?

Yes you may, at any time. To improve your PQC level, review the criteria that outlines good business management practices.

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Can I be downgraded or removed from the PQC register?

Yes—removal from the PQC register can occur at any time once it becomes apparent that a building industry contractor is unable to satisfy any or all of the prequalification requirements.

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Can I tender for work as soon as I lodge my application?

No, you must be prequalified and registered on the PQC System in order to be eligible to tender.

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How will the PQC service risk rating for each service be determined?

The project manager for each project will determine the PQC service risk rating using the guidelines developed as part of the PQC System.

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